PLEASE DON’T

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There’s a lot of chatter about Islam and its evils.  Yes, the various sects of this faith have some radical variants which want to impose their rigid way of life on everyone.  When we compare this to radical evangelical Christians and their collateral murderous spin offs we don’t see a lot of differences.  They have all killed about the same amount of people.  I am wondering if the same can be said about Judaism on a proportionate basis.  At any rate, they have incited, mostly involuntarily, evangelicals and inspired radical Islamists to aid or destroy them.  Zionists have an equal part in the “monotheist” paradigm for their level of contribution. 

At any rate, if these religions get widely accepted as mythology and their codes debunked along with the mythologies of other religions – Hinduism and Buddhism are not exempt – we may have a chance to free up humanity long enough to save life on the planet.

That the Abrahamic mythologies affect at least 3.5B people on the planet seems great cause for a rational activism in educating the masses.  The religions are all myth.  There was no Abraham, no Moses, no Solomon, no Jesus, no Mohammed going to heaven – none of this.  Scholars have shown repeatedly that the old Testament is rife with myth until 600BCE and there’s no historic or archeological proof for any of the mythical figures or real historic figures and their mythos.  Most of these religions got established through warfare and the subjugation of peoples and cultures – yes even Buddhism.

This getting stated, can we afford sacred cows in our societies and cultures?  Should we allow ancient, outdated, repressive codes to determine our destiny?  Oddly enough, the erroneous beliefs and thinking have shaped the destiny of our world through a dark and distorted lens which does not practice what it preaches about the sanctity of life and the exaltation of the worth of life on Earth.  I have little wonder at the presence of the apocalyptic beliefs rife in most of the Abrahamic religions and their predecessors.  It looks a like a neurotic, human lemming delusion.  Our species – seeking unconsciously – to extinct itself as another failed species “experiment”.  The natural phenomena of industrialization puking poison into the environment posits this distinct possibility all around us.  If capitalism seems like an outgrowth of industrialized civilization, so far, the system has shown us a clear path to extinction.  These economies rule the world and destroy it as we live and still breathe.

The fact we have thought of numerous solutions to our manifested destiny can give glimmers of a way out toward survival.  Capitalism has it’s uses however, we don’t think runaway consumerism can do anything except destroy us as it seems to already have proved. Should our estimates turn out wrong, it won’t harm us and life on the planet to go to nonpolluting, renewable energies and the production of ecologically sound products and lifestyles.  Maybe we can do as Buckminster Fuller postulated.  Maybe Malthus had a point?  Nonetheless, overpopulation and our current consumptive human world seem the likely root cause of it all.  We really have not shown the significant improvements which will result in our survival and evolution to more adapted levels.  Maybe our collective genomes have reached their endpoint?

On the doomsday timeclock, it we accept the model, we are beyond the 11th hour and must motivate ourselves to act NOW.  We must clean up in many ways.  We must base our economic systems so that small groups of people and families do not control the well-being of our species as they do not have this in mind for the most part and this system stays in epic fail mode.  Greed and selfishness will spell our demise unless opportunity gets created for making the greatest profits ever without prophets.

We all know money must get out of politics.  We know countries don’t run well like businesses and the goals of most corporations and large private businesses do not coincide with the needs of the people who largely support them.  Religion needs to get placed in a recreational category and ought not get taken seriously except to provide a vehicle of transcendence.  We must get united behind our survival and enhancement of life on this planet as we won’t find ourselves able to leave it in time to avoid our extinction.  So, casting aside the divisiveness in “scripture” for the unifying principles which also seem inherent in our species might wind up the best solution.  We can spend our time caring for our planet and hence one another.  We can forge a new destiny other than our imminent demise.  Those who prove the thinking and beliefs causing greed and its irresponsibility will have to get pushed out of the way so we can live on.

It will only work if we can change our pursuit of pleasure into the pleasurable pursuit of our deepest caring for each other.

 

 

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Socialism in deed…

Socialism in deed…

I hear and read a lot of fear based nonsense about socialism.

The right wing, on both sides of the aisle, have done the same kind of demonizing.  Far too many seem afraid the great monster would drive the country to a classless apathy a fate worse than the comfort of the irrational belief system of neoliberalism, neo-conservatism, free market capitalism, and now most irksome – Nationalism.

(In my personal experience, the early sixties had us kids doing civil defense under the desk nuclear attack exercises.  This scared the fuck out of most of us.  This leading to the assassination of JFK, RFK, and MLK, caused a major scare and kept the anti communist propaganda alive and the Hawks flourishing along with their military-industrial-complex cronies pumping out weapons of offensive of defense in the Cold War.  So many were primed to react in later decades and generations.)

So as not to fuck around with the quasi consensus redefinitions of the term, here we go right out of Merriam-Webster:

Full Definition of socialism

  1. 1 :  any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

  2. 2a:  a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b:  a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

  3. 3:  a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

The definition above is a bit skewed to one side we think when looking at dictionary.com

socialism

a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.

 

I was taught in high school that socialism chiefly involved the workers owning the means of production.  It can exist competitively in a world economy using capitalism as a partial vehicle.

The marriage in the US still seems a little overly capitalist when we check this list and its criteria – 50% ownership by employees – can be through stock options, profit sharing, and etc.

http://www.nceo.org/articles/employee-ownership-100

When I search for a list of companies which are 100% vested into and owned by employees, nothing comes up.  So on a good day there may be few which meet the criteria.  I know of two.  We might think people would work hard for the incentive this can create and no doubt some do, especially if there’s extra bonuses for direct contributions producing significant profit or loss preventions.  In these working models, the market is still a capitalist oligarchy even though workers in these companies own the means of production.

When it comes to government services, it looks like most of the American people have not taken civic responsibility seriously.  By this we mean, the Constitution has become a holy document, especially the Bill of Rights.  It’s wording seems to be viewed as holy scripture not to be changed to fit the times, so we depend on the capitalist oligarchy’s majority representation in Congress and SCOTUS to interpret the document to “fit” our times.  Since gerrymandering in this century has gotten skewed to represent more of the top 20% of the economic constituency – most of whom probably are at least indirectly supporting the top one percent.

Here’s an interesting study indirectly on this phenomenon

http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power_elite/interlocks_and_interactions.html

Since this was a business analysis from a social work perspective, I wanted to add the lobby expenditures I could find in the time span 1998-2016

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php?indexType=s

Now let’s add the Princeton study mostly confirming the US is an oligarchy wherein the needs and wants of the mass constituency are not represented in Congress:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-17/princeton-study-confirms-us-oligarchy

So the Mainstream Media in their lust for ratings and advertising revenue has chosen to direct the needs of the people via biased information instead of objective fact reporting.

The report the most sensational events giving fear raising labels to headlines.  Since Nixon and Reagan, the Republicans, conservatives, and reactionaries has been indoctrinated to hate government instead of promoting community participation and civilian oversight of all government at local, state, regional, national, and international levels.  Now with the rise of the Dumpster and his legions of Dumpsterkoffs the infiltration of libertarian and free market ideologies have been spoon fed to the workers so they believe government is bad and corrupt and should be dismantled along with almost all regulations of the environment and natural resources.  The promotion of extremist ideologies especially on the right have found their way to the disgruntled who mostly have a short memory of the destructive havoc which Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and W wrought upon the middle class.  Now in the age of Neoliberalism and inequality amplifying economics, small business gets crunched and multinational corporations ride the tides of the “free market” ideology in practice.

At this juncture many Americans don’t care.  Many have given up and acquiesce to the present conditions without knowing their depth of effects upon us all. So much of our desire in life seems to come from instant gratification most don’t have a sense of civic responsibility toward the well-being of our neighborhoods, cities, communities, and states.  Have we become so ignorant, complacent, and apathetic that we are no longer willing to do anything about our dilemma?  How many would be willing to serve without pay on civilian oversight committees?  While we do know some companies who have taken interest in their communities most don’t and do not fulfill, nor think they have to fulfill their responsibility to the general welfare of the Republic, without which most would not survive.

I think there can be grand plans for these oversights and civil duties. Instead of companies centering themselves on shareholders’ dividends or private company increase in profit many can probably help themselves by improving their communities by more than just their existence and general contributions to the economy.  However, we must instill a sense of civic duty and interaction in our young people.  Instead of them getting too vested in election outcomes which don’t cause enough change, we need the elected to convert themselves to civil servants and depoliticize them.  Of course money needs to get out of their election processes and the media must contribute time to them FREE OF CHARGE as a civic duty.

We most likely have ten to fifteen years to get enough change for society as we have come to know it, survive.  Climate change is happening and we’re not doing must to stem it or worke the necessary strategies – which will revive and expand the economy to the real needs and concerns of the consumers. 

We must nonprofit and nationalize several aspects:

Energy, Medical – especially hospitals and insurance, banking, education, transportation, and etc.…this will only work with active civilian oversights and participation.  Private industry will thrive in these environments and the stimulus can go to small businesses so they can afford to pay livable wages and expand employment.  Incentives also need to be given for businesses to have 80-100% employee ownership.  When the people of the middle class expand their income base progressively the economy will grow and flourish and the twenty percent can expand to 85% and beyond.  Yes, taxes will be more and the military will be less as well as capitalist interventionism on the part of this nation these with the expansion both through privatization and nationalization (worker-community owned) can unify us into the betterment of our local and planetary futures…

In doing this we’ll have to do away, through regulation and economics, with the Dumpsters and Dumpsterkoff mentalities by instilling a sense of purpose and responsibility in our fellows by an expanded sense of social – civic – democracy.

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! ;)

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN(?)

 

 

Many citizens will tell you they would defend their freedoms to the death-and many have gone to their demise thinking they have. There had to be a sizable number who have believed they’re doing the right thing for the right reasons. Many citizens will tell you they live in the greatest country in the world because they too can become wealthy and live a rich and famous lifestyle. In fact, about 2-5% have. This gives the rest of us a dream for the opportunities which supposedly are at our finger tips. People, especially those of the wealthy “Conservative” or Repugnikan ilk have, through the media paid them off to perpetuate the delusion of the “American Dream”.

Here’s what some of the data says:

http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2011/09/19/what-are-your-chances-of-becoming-a-millionaire/

“Before 2007, Americans generally opposed higher taxes on the wealthy because they thought they would be wealthy too someday.

Not anymore.  One reason President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” (applied to those making $1 million or more a year) may be politically popular is that most voters no longer see themselves reaching the $1 million mark – let alone $1 million a year.

According to a new poll from the Associated Press and CNBC, 79% of Americans say it’s unlikely they’ll have $1 million or more in assets over the next 10 years. Fully 61% said it is “extremely” or “very difficult” to become a millionaire in the U.S. today…”

Here’s one more:

http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/1110/getting-rich-what-are-your-odds.aspx

Do you hope to be rich some day? The United States had 2,886,200 millionaires in 2009, meaning that about 0.9% of Americans, or about one in 106 people, were millionaires as of last year. In the same year, 391 Americans were billionaires – that’s about one in 785,166 people or around 0.0001% of the population. Given these numbers, how good do you think your odds are that you could join the ranks of the wealthy? …

Earning a Six-Figure Income
According to the Current Population Survey’s 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 13,269,000 men and women earned a six-figure income in 2009. With the U.S. population estimated at around 307 million for 2009, the data means that one in 23 Americans, or about 4%, earned six figures in 2009. Almost three times as many men as women earned six figures. 1,460,000 men and women, about one in 210 people or 0.5% of the population, earned $250,000 or more in 2009.

As these figures come from 2010, I wonder what the odds are today? (at the end of this article, the author attempts to sell you a stock investment program…go figure huh?)

Yes, we do have a lot of freedoms here, especially for having a population of over 330M. Yes, we can write or say whatever we want and most of it will never reach the mainstream.

People join the military thinking they are protecting all these freedoms by engaging in the Imperialism which begets terrorism and fosters belief in religions composed of almost total nonsense albeit with some “Universal” humane values plugged in for control purposes. All they’re doing is protecting the interests of USA centered, multinational corporations and virulent private corporate interests. Very little of this trickles down to us. The industries which prop up the perpetual war machine don’t employ as many as they did in the Cold War or Vietnam. Let’s make America great again, indeed

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/defense-industry-shrinking-110321

These fucks are employing less and less people…

“As the prospects for growth have decreased in the defense industry, the way that defense companies can attract investors is by showing that they can increase profit margins,” said Philip Finnegan, director of corporate analysis at the Teal Group, an aerospace and defense market research firm. “There’s been a drive in the defense industry to increase profit margins and return more to shareholders.”

It seems the realities we used to think helped our chances for opportunity have become worn out delusions.

Manufacturing employs about 8.8% of our work force, but these numbers have declined from previous decades:

Manufacturing industries generated $2.1 trillion in GDP (12.5 percent of total U.S. gross domestic product) in 2013. But even these figures do not fully capture manufacturing’s role in the economy. Manufacturing provides a significant source of demand for goods and services in other sectors of the economy, and these sales to other industries are not captured in measures of manufacturing sector GDP but are counted in the broader measure of its gross output. U.S. manufacturing had gross output of $5.9 trillion in 2013, more than one-third (35.4 percent) of U.S. GDP in 2013. Manufacturing is by far the most important sector of the U.S. economy in terms of total output and employment. The manufacturing sector supported approximately 17.1 million indirect jobs in the United States, in addition to the 12.0 million persons directly employed in manufacturing, for a total of 29.1 million jobs directly and indirectly supported, more than one-fifth (21.3 percent) of total U.S. employment in 2013.

The manufacturing sector is also a particularly important provider of jobs with good wages for workers without a college degree. This can be seen in the manufacturing wage premium—the dollar amount by which the average manufacturing worker wage exceeds the wage of an otherwise comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector. The average wage premium for all U.S. manufacturing workers without a college degree was $1.78 per hour (or 10.9 percent) in 2012–2013.

The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and 2013. The principal causes of manufacturing job losses were growing trade deficits, especially with China, Mexico, and other low wage nations, and the weak recovery from the Great Recession since 2009.”

http://www.epi.org/publication/the-manufacturing-footprint-and-the-importance-of-u-s-manufacturing-jobs/

Here’s some of the why this has happened:

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-04-28/why-factory-jobs-are-shrinking-everywhere

Reading the latterly, what is going to save our economic asses? NOT Donald Trump, readers.

The Bern’s ideas are part of what will help us. We need to retrain, we need free higher education, we need a complete infrastructure overhaul. We need to purge the Repugnikans and their lobbyists out of all of our branches of government, along with payola Democrats. We need to shrink the military and give the maimed the treatment and care they deserve. We need massive STEM efforts to bolster the services industries. We need to kick oil and toxic hydrocarbons to the curb, permanently. Energy should be sustainable, renewable and available to all and we need to take a leading role in helping the rest of the planet do the same…YES, I know this is tired rhetoric spewed by us on the LEFT for a long time. Most of us know this now. We know we need to act. However, so long as the financial power base controls our destiny, we are fucked by their short to medium range disastrous efforts. How are we going to stop the madness? I am not so sure it can occur peaceably…oh I wish we could change it all from the ballot box. Many are feeling a depressing desperation about the state of things and meanwhile remain in the nutless dysfunction which keeps us under the boot of corporatism. Too many are looking for the ONE LEADER who can pull us out of the quagmire. It won’t be a businessman, people and probably not a career politician, it will have to be a massive effort with many of the right kind of objectives (err left, maybe?) It’s going to take change on the local levels, city, county, state, region, national, and international levels. It will take all of us doing our parts-we already know this and most of it is a simple attitude change.

The extremism of the right wing appeals to people who think a strongman can save us by kicking ass. This is why the Dump(Trump)has a lot of popularity. A great deal of people want someone running the show who has assertiveness and guts…WTF, too many are ignoring the positive things Obama has done. Don’t get me wrong here, he was a sellout from day one and to the contrary he attempts to do things now we’d love to have seen earlier on if he’d had a progressive House and Senate working with him to get us up the road to a much better place than we are now. We have a SCOTUS with some fuckers like Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas who need to be run out of the high court to teach others the ways we don’t want things to go…The right wing, since Reagan have caused many to hate government. And yes, there are many wasteful practices and inefficiencies there which reducing govt. will not fix. The popularity of Libertarian ideas is indicative of the laziness we have when it comes to the personal responsibilities that citizens, businesses, and government have toward the fostering of the republic.

I have grown tired of the overuse of the word “democracy”. We don’t have a pure democracy, we never did. It has always been a historic struggle between the people and the oligarchy in most of the country. The Bundy’s of the world are not these people. They’re squatters and wasteful pricks when it comes to range management. I would love to see how these creeps have improved the BLM land’s carrying capacity since they’ve been running their herds on it. If I could see this data, I might be sympathetic to their cause. Right now, the Tea Party slime and their Repugnikan sympathizers want to privatize all public lands to generate profits for the few and strip the many of their free access to the aesthetic enjoyment of parks and public lands…Oh, but we’ll improve the land by charging for access and having the funds to do it…wrong. They will exploit and destroy.

What do the candidates in all elected government offices do to better things for the common welfare of their constituents? This is the perennial question we must all ask them.

Just because Trump seemingly has big balls doesn’t mean he has the plight of the common man in mind. His rhetoric shows he doesn’t as does most of the rhetoric on either side of the political fence, Repugnikans acting consistently as the major offenders.   The Bern will only be a cool deterrent to these useless shitheads unless he has a progressive Congress working with him and covering his back. In the end, we need to take all the money out of political elections. All media, as a service to the Republic, needs to donate equal time to all the candidates, devoid of profit with equal time for all those running. We need to run the for profit motivated lobbyists like the insurance industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospital industries, defense industries, banking industries, and the like out of Washington and state and local governments for good. Most of this shit needs to be nonprofit, serving the needs of citizenry. We need to install a sense of personal responsibility in our citizenry so this shit rarely gets out of hand again.

This is how we’re going to make America great. It won’t work through war and toxic industries and the perpetual cycle of haves and have nots.

The supporters and members of the oligarchy are lucky that the majority of the over 300M firearms are not in the hands of those who would turn them on them to take their country back and participate in making it a great place for all to live. We must work hard to make a socially conscious environment so that the oligarchs are disempowered and serve the interests of those they are allowed to exploit. It is a must that all religions become deconstructed so they have only positive influences on the hearts and minds of people. These might be some of the ways we make America truly great. If we can spread this throughout the world as we do it, we won’t have to worry as much about illegal immigration, the drug war, and terrorism.